Orientation...

  1. [font=book antiqua]i just got a letter from my nursing school saying that i needed to come back to school early for the 3 day orientation. that sounds like a lot of orientation! my school is 7 hours from home... so needless to say i'm not too happy about having to go back early. but, anyway, what exactly goes on in orientation?
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  3. by   Ari RN
    baby rn:

    what????? you travel 7 hours to get to school. what were you thinking?????

    good luck

    during orientation we got familiar with medical supplies....bp cuff, learn how to take the pulse, respiration, temp etc. we also learned about common drugs..... digoxin, colace etc.
  4. by   lisamc1RN
    Will you be living on or near your campus? That's a long haul! Sounds like your orientation will be much different from ours. It was only 2 hours long. :chuckle We discussed school policy, went over the school handbook and the schedule for the first semester.
  5. by   fourblessings
    Holey moley...7 hrs!! My college is 30 miles away, and I thought THAT was long! LOL.:chuckle
  6. by   DZcarrie
    my first college orientation was 3 days....we did lots of stuff. went on trips to see the city, registered for classes, met with our advisors, met with department heads...stuff like that....

    have fun!

    :hatparty:
  7. by   GMD
    I just got a schedule for my orientation and it is one week long, all day. The morning hours consist of a math class and the afternoons vary from being fitted for uniforms to meeting nurses from the community. Every program will differ, but just thought you'd like to know that it could be worse (one week of math in July, yuk!) Good luck and drive safe!
  8. by   jennielynn
    WOW! You have quiet the commute! My school is 30 miles away and I thought that was far!
    We have orientation for 3 days the week before school starts. All we know at this point is that orientation will mirror our class schedule as much as possible. I suspect it's probably just a time to go over the student handbool, meet the professors, and learn what is expected of us. We already ordered uniforms and such. My letter said they will send us an agenda for orientation in July--I can't wait! I have 3 kids to get off to school in the morning (or have to make arrangements for 2 days a week) so I want my schedule like YESTERDAY!!!!
  9. by   mitchsmom
    We had a one day orientation. We went over school of nursing policies, the nursing student handbook, everyone's file to see what still needed to completed/if you were set to begin, the nursing club talked to us about what they offer, they answered questions, showed us our mailboxes, toured us around, etc.
  10. by   abundantjoy07
    yes 7 hours is quite the commute! of course when i'm in school i'm there to stay until i come back for vacations and such. well it does sound like there's a lot of "housekeeping" stuff to do. but, in a way i'm looking forward to it because after all i do want to be a nurse, but my word... a week for orientation is a long time, gmd.
    thanks for the insight guys! and for everyone who's traveling...have a safe trip!
    babyrn
  11. by   fnimat1
    Wow....was that a typo....Do you really have a 7 hr. commute.... :uhoh21: Do you have classes everyday???? I guess you have to do what you have to do huh? . I have a 3 day orientation at my CC. My first orientation will be July 7th. We will register, go to lecture and get fitted for our uniforms. Our 2nd and 3rd orientation will take place on Sept. 1st and 2nd....more lectures, we'll recieve our course outline, book list (they told us to expect to spend a minumum of $800) and on the 2nd is family day. We're supposed to bring our support person, spouse, parent, sibling, etc. The person who will be supporting us the most...to give them an understanding of what will be required of us, etc....then there will be a luncheon later in the afternoon. All in all I'm pretty excited. I do have to find day for our children on the 2nd being that my dh will be with me most of the day.


    Fatima
  12. by   RNNoMore
    Wow! I LOVE the idea of a family day to get your support people involved - my hubby just simply has no idea of what it will be like when I'm in nursing school, and of course, he's not going to believe anything I say. His latest comment, when I was requesting help with the cooking & cleaning was "If I can work full time and take my masters degree (online), then I'm sure you can cope with a little bit of studying as well as the housework & cooking" (He has only recently decided to pursue his master's, and now I think I know why - just an excuse to get out of doing any chores!!!).

    I can remember at our (2hr) orientation, that the head of nursing absolutely stressed the point that we would need tons and tons of support, and that we probably wouldn't even 'see' our families for the next 2 years, and that it was important to discuss that with them and prepare them for it. How I wished that husbands etc., had been invited to our orientation, because I knew that mine wouldn't believe it unless he heard it from someone else!

    Anyway - good luck with your orientation

    Paint.
  13. by   abundantjoy07
    no i don't drive 7 hours back and forth! :chuckle actually, i go to a 4 year university that's 7 hours from my hometown. i live at school during the school year and at home during the summers. i only go back and forth over the holidays and for vacations.

    Quote from fnimat1
    wow....was that a typo....do you really have a 7 hr. commute.... :uhoh21: do you have classes everyday???? i guess you have to do what you have to do huh? . i have a 3 day orientation at my cc. my first orientation will be july 7th. we will register, go to lecture and get fitted for our uniforms. our 2nd and 3rd orientation will take place on sept. 1st and 2nd....more lectures, we'll recieve our course outline, book list (they told us to expect to spend a minumum of $800) and on the 2nd is family day. we're supposed to bring our support person, spouse, parent, sibling, etc. the person who will be supporting us the most...to give them an understanding of what will be required of us, etc....then there will be a luncheon later in the afternoon. all in all i'm pretty excited. i do have to find day for our children on the 2nd being that my dh will be with me most of the day.


    fatima
  14. by   fnimat1
    Ohhhhh.....duhhhhhhh......lol. Well that sounds better.....and I can see how traveling to school for orientation would be a pain.....lol.


    Fatima

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